X–S T U D I O : : I V A N J U A R E Z
Architect, landscape architect, practicing artist, and educator. Ivan Juarez works at the intersection of practice, teaching and research, across scales and mediums. He holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture with distinction from Corvinus University of Budapest, where he received the ECLAS outstanding MLA Student Award given by the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools. He also holds a Specialization in Landscape Architecture from UPC, Barcelona and his BArch from Habitat Faculty, UASLP, Mexico. Lecturer of environmental design disciplines, including architecture, landscape and urban design and lecturer of art disciplines including installation and environmental art. Ivan Juarez is a Member of the National System of Art Creators, an acknowledgment that encourages, promotes and supports individual creation to contribute and increase the cultural heritage and provides recognition to those who have given prestige to Mexico in the field of creation, for his lead performance and the level of excellence of his work. Ivan Juarez is founder and principal of x-studio, a multidisciplinary research practice focused on exploring the relationship between art and function, integrating the disciplines of architecture, landscape, public design, environmental and public art. Through his practice he has produced a series of projects that explore the natural and built environment from a cross-disciplinary approach. A series of works conceived in diverse contexts and scales ranging from landscape and urban interventions to architectonic spaces, from public and environmental installations to urban and landscape strategies. These works have been created in different countries of Europe (Norway, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Spain and Portugal) North America (USA and Mexico), South America (Peru, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina), Asia (Japan and Taiwan) and Africa (Senegal). Ivan Juarez is also the founder of Sensory Landscapes, a research lab and educational initiative which is dedicated to sensing the landscape through the conceptualization and findings of innovative methodologies for understanding the environment through sensory experiences.
His works and trajectory have been awarded by multiple international institutions and he has also received numerous international grants. His projects have been extensively published in international publications and exhibited at several international museums, galleries and cultural spaces.
His academic and curatorial work included intercultural issues, prompted by a number of exhibitions, lectures and workshops, collaborating with diverse international academic and cultural institutions, organizations and local community groups.
“The projects conceived in my studio explore the relationship between art and function; integrating the disciplines of architecture, design, sculpture and installation; projects in which I investigate and experiment with new ways of relating space with society; projects which I have conceived them in reason and function of its physical context and could not be generated in other place than in the one of their conception and realization.
My work —in which I investigate and experiment with new ways of relating space with society—started with the will of creating spaces from which I could reflect, research, and act in different fields of contemporary culture. From the beginning I have never conceived architecture just as a specialization, but architecture as a wider vision of understanding and questioning the environment that surrounds us, in which every project can enrich itself through diverse views and disciplines.
The work created in my studio doesn’t start only from architecture but is nourished by different sources: cinema, music, dance, painting, or literature are, in many occasions, what give guidelines to my spaces”
For me every project has always been a constant search, I don’t have a predetermined system or repeat a former project, but in each new project I want to be able to discover and experiment new possibilities. In this way each project has a special character that opens me diverse possibilities to do the next one. Each project is a window that opens and drives me to another.